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 Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Post Date: 7/12/2012 10:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay is once again featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Body as a Daily Deal - $3,148.72 shipped (compare at $3,499.00). Plus, "You'll earn $62.97 in eBay Bucks." Seller is GetItDigital.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 8:31:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the following review pages:
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 11:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code EMCY12N557 to get the Canon EOS Rebel T4i, EF 40mm STM Lens and Lexar 16GB Professional 400x UHS-I SDHC Card (and more) for $969.00 shipped at (over $90.00 savings).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 2:16:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Less than 2 hours remaining: Amazon has the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens in Canon and Nikon mounts featured as a Lightning Deal - only $149.00 (compare at $199.00).
Post Date: 7/12/2012 11:13:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Camera Backpack - Light Blue/Light Gray on sale for $74.98 shipped (Reg $134.99).
The Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW Camera Backpack - Light Blue/Light Gray is on sale for $62.98 shipped (reg $111.99).
Save Up To 15% in August!
The dog days of Summer are coming up, which means it is even harder than usual to convince yourself to leave air-conditioned paradise and go shoot. To help motivate you, we're giving you up to 15% off rentals.
The Nuts and Bolts:

  • You must reserve your order no later than July 31st.
  • You must select an arrival date between August 6th - August 24th.
  • Place the code DOGDAYS in the Special Instructions box during checkout
  • If placed by July 23 recieve 15% off
  • If placed between July 24 - July 31 receive 10% off
  • Purchases & certain hard to keep in stock rental items are excluded from the promotion and are noted on their pages

Click on the appropriate "rent" button on this site or visit directly to make your lens rental selection.

Post Date: 7/12/2012 9:44:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
Nikon to release a super-telephoto, 800-mm, fixed focal length lens for professional photographers
Nikon 800mm Super Telephoto Lens
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation will add the super-telephoto 800-mm, fixed local length lens to its lineup of NIKKOR lenses. This lens will offer a fixed focal length of 800 mm, a maximum aperture of f/5.6, and will be fully compatible with Nikon FX-format cameras.
This lens has been developed in order to strengthen the NIKKOR lineup of super-telephoto lenses. It will boast the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus lens, and will be best suited to capture of a wide variety of decisive outdoor scenes, from sporting events to wildlife. In addition to its superior optical performance, the lens will offer dust and water resistance.
In 2012, Nikon released three new FX-format digital-SLR cameras—the D4, the new flagship digital SLR, and the D800 and D800E, which offer incredible resolution and image quality. In addition to reinforcing its lineup of FX-format digital-SLR cameras, Nikon has also been working to expand the lineup of NIKKOR lenses.
Nikon has been providing service and support to professional photographers for roughly fifty years through the activities of its Nikon Professional Services (NPS). In addition to providing maintenance and repairs for the equipment professional photographers use every day, NPS service depots are set up at a variety of international sporting and cultural events. At these service depots, photographers can have their equipment inspected and repaired, and they can also borrow equipment.
Nikon has been also an official sponsor of The Open Championship since 1993. The Open Championship is the oldest of the world's four major tournaments* in professional golf (the next Open Championship will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England between July 19 and 22, 2012). This lens is scheduled to be on display at the Nikon service depot that will be set up for professional photographers working at the event.
Furthermore, this lens is scheduled to be on display at Photokina 2012, one of the world's largest photo and imaging exhibitions, to be held in Cologne, Germany from September 18–23, 2012.
*World's four major golf tournaments: Masters Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, The Open Championship, PGA Championship
As a leader in the professional imaging market, Nikon will continue to develop and release products offering superior performance and functionality based on the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history. Nikon will also continue to strive to strengthen and improve the service and support it offers to its professional customers.
Release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.
*Specification and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of manufacturer. Exterior finishing and design are not final.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 9:00:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 11, 2012
eBay (via Beach Camera) has a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Bundle as a Daily Deal - $849.00 shipped. Plus, "You'll earn $16.98 in eBay Bucks." Compare the camera and kit lens alone for $749.00.
Kit Includes:

  • Canon - EOS Digital Rebel T3i 18MP SLR Camera
  • Canon - EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
  • Canon - EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III Lens with Canon USA Warranty
  • Canon - EF 50mm F/1.8 II Standard Auto Focus Lens
  • Vivitar - 285HV Auto Professional Flash
  • General Brand - 16GB Secure Digital SD Memory Card
  • Sakar - TR62 Photo / Video Tripod
  • Digpro - Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag - DP5500
  • Zeikos - Hi-Speed SD USB 2.0 Card Reader
  • Zeikos - 58mm Multicoated UV Protective Filter
  • Optional $400.00 mail in rebate available with Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Printer purchased at the same time.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 3:51:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon CameraWindow DC 8.8 is now available for download, adding supports new models.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 12:04:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Induro:
Induro® Announces New Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set
Unique support system for both still cameras and video cameras that can securely hold up to a 220 lb. load scheduled to be in stores July 2012
North White Plains, NY – (June 1, 2012) – Induro (, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers and videographers, announces July 2012 availability of the new Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat Tripod Set.
Shown for the first time at NAB 2012, the new Induro DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set, designed with both photographers and videographers in mind, is a unique support system that provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting an unprecedented 220 lb. load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 100mm Bowl, and a 100mm Half Ball Adapter.
"We are so excited to soon be bringing this amazing compact, flexible and extremely strong tripod set to market," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "Sure to please the most demanding photographers and videographers, this new tripod set meets and exceeds the standards set by other Hi-Hat and Low-Hat solutions."
Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set goes far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on virtually any surface, plus the capability to be screwed, spiked or otherwise firmly secured to establish a rock-solid connection to the ground or a board.
Bubble levels are incorporated both on the tripod spider and the top plate of the half ball adapter. And three evenly spaced points provide secure 3/8" and 1/4" threaded mounts for accessories.
The Induro DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set will be available in stores in early July 2012 for $279.
B&H carries Induro products.
Category: Induro News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 11:04:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a series of EOS-1D X On-Camera Tutorials.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader (UDMA7) firmware upgrade V1.0.0 for Mac OS X is now available for download.
This firmware update "Fixes compatibility issues between the Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot reader and the newest MacBooks."
This is the reader I use - it is a good choice.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:40:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Lexar:
Lexar Announces Support for XQD Memory Card Specification
Lexar XQD Memory Cards to be Compatible with Nikon D4 and Future XQD-based Camera Models
Fremont, CA, 11 July, 2012 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its support of the XQD™ memory card specification for compatibility with Nikon D4 and future XQD-based camera models. Expected to be available in the third quarter of 2012, Lexar XQD memory cards will offer high-speed performance in a range of capacities to effectively capture and store high-quality images, 1080p full high-definition (HD) video, and 3D video content.
“By collaborating with Lexar, we’re reinforcing the fact that the XQD specification represents one of the futures of high-performance memory cards,” said Nobuaki Sasagaki, General Manager of marketing department, Imaging Company, Nikon Corporation. “Our cooperation efforts demonstrate the vision shared by Nikon and Lexar to continue advancing the photography and imaging market with innovative technology and extremely high performance.”
“We are committed to offering innovative and industry-leading photography solutions, which is why we’re working with Nikon to offer and co-market XQD memory cards. We view the XQD standard as one of the most logical ways to increase interface speed beyond that of existing CompactFlash technology with the capability of offering performance up to 5Gb per second, in time,” said Wes Brewer, vice president of products and technology, Lexar. “This collaboration provides assured compatibility with Lexar XQD memory cards and Nikon D4 and makes this technology available to the entire photo industry.”
XQD memory cards are based on the PCI Express® specification, which offers 2.5Gb per second performance today with plans for 5Gb per second performance in the future.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:33:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Correction: B&H just received a used Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens in 9+ condition (WITH hood and case) into inventory. With a $2,800 savings over a new lens, this lens will not likely last long.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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